Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas announced a new 18-month designations of Haiti and Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This actions enable Haitian nationals who were residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021, and Burma nationals residing in the states as of May 25, 2021 to file initial applications for TPS as long as they meet eligibility requirements. TPS is granted by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to eligible foreign-born individuals who are unable to return home safely due to conditions or circumstances preventing their country from adequately handling the return. Certain criteria, such as criminal convictions, can limit eligibility for TPS.
The U.S. has previously granted TPS status to nationals of El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Different dates for when one must have been in the United States apply to each. Rothfelder Stern can assist in understanding TPS eligibility requirements and apply for TPS if appropriate.
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